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Figuring out my belief system has been a vague goal of mine for the last 15 years or so. Mind, I didn't work on it all 15 years; in fact, I probably work on it less (in the active sense) than anything else I've got going on. Part of this is because figuring out what I believe is hard, part is because of my self-esteem issue.

I suppose the best place to start is where I have felt most spiritually satisfied. These places include, in no particular order:

  • at the beach, sitting quietly
  • at (Catholic) church, on Christmas Eve
  • at Gnostic Mass
  • on Star Island, sitting on East Rock and watching the sun come up
  • at the top of Mount Washington

So, let's see. We have nature, and ritual. Not a big surprise, really. None of that really touched on what I believe though. Let's see what we can do there:

  • I believe that when in doubt, life wins.
  • I believe in God; I believe that it's even possible for multiple Gods.
  • I believe that every person has to find their own path to God, if they even desire one at all. Not everyone does.
  • I believe that we are all responsible to live as good a life as possible, and that our actions have inescapable consequences.
  • Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. It's all about the choices we make, and how we deal with them.

OK, so, that's a start. Not sure where I'm going, but at least I basically know where I am.

Date: 2010-05-27 06:13 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
It's a good start!

Date: 2010-05-27 08:37 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
if you like ritual big G God, you might look into attending episcopal (look for an order that allows female leaders to reduce need to strangle; i also have friends that practice episcolpagan, LOL). or if you prefer some ritual and general talking about finding your own path and the history and branches of spirituality, try Universal Unitarian (that's where star goes for ritual without preaching; plus, they support a really great age-appropriate sex and sexuality program from 5-18.)

Date: 2010-05-28 03:31 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] cellio
cellio: (moon)
This is a good start. No one ever figures this stuff out all at once.

Some questions to possibly cogitate on:

- What obligations do you believe you have to yourself? To your family? To your community? What bad things happen if you don't fulfill them?

- How do you attack morally-ambiguous problems? What factors make the biggest difference in how you act?

- For the rituals that work for you, what effects do they produce? How do they make you feel?

- Does having a scripture matter? How true does it need to be?


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